As the mother of eight children and the wife of Retired Head Coach of the Indianapolis Colts and NBC Analyst, Tony Dungy, Lauren Dungy has created her own playbook-- parenting while juggling it all.
Lauren prays, plans, and depends on her faith and friends to help her structure her family's busy schedules. As a former elementary school teacher and current Sunday school teacher, Lauren diligently utilizes her professional skills to guide mothers to a greater understanding and application of biblical parenting principles.
Co-author with her husband, of "You Can Be A Friend" children's book and a requested motivational speaker, Lauren gives her personal experience on how to be a hands-on mom and wife.
"I hope to be a voice of motivation and encouragement for a lot of mothers, especially since my children were born in a three decade span, the 80's, 90's and the 2000's. If I'm not dealing with some toddler, preteen or adult issue now, rest assured I will be refreshed soon."
Since Lauren considers it a personal obligation to reach out to other mothers, she joined Family First's iMOM as an ambassador to extend her message. "Relationships and advice from other mothers is what has sustained me and my family through some of our toughest times," Lauren says.
Peer pressure is what Lauren sees as one of the greatest outside threats to children today, which is why she encourages parents to love and nurture their children, but to release them when its time. Adding, "Children will one day have to make their own decisions; parents just have to guide."
In addition to being a wife and full-time mom, Lauren is Vice President of the Dungy Family Foundation, an organization that looks to help meet the physical, educational and spiritual needs of those in her community. She is the founder and president of the Sisters Book Club and also serves on the staff of The Central Tampa Baptist Church, where she is a Women's Bible Study leader and also works with the Youth Choir. Lauren is a Pennsylvania native who currently lives in Florida with her husband, Tony, and their seven children (that number might be rising).